A Tea Loaf fit for an Earl (Grey)

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Both myself and my darling fiancé are both tea-addicts, we drink it throughout the day, everyday. We literally have a cupboard full of all kinds of varieties: both tea-bags and loose leaf… green, black, spiced… you get the point! Carlos is particularly partial to a cup of Earl Grey. Earlier today we were sat leisurely in one of our favourite cafes, each enjoying a great cuppa (mine a Masala Chai, his an Earl Grey)… when I suddenly had a light-bulb moment… Carlos’  favourite tea IN a cake!I searched online and found lots of recipes for cupcakes and tea loaves infused with Earl Grey, however I settled on this one:

http://www.vanillyn.com/index.php/2012/10/earl-grey-tea-loaf/

I stuck to the recipe for the cake, however I omitted the ‘white chocolate Ganache’ topping, and opted for a crunchy orange topping instead. This idea was inspired by the Goddess Mary Berry, and her ‘Crunchy Lemon Syrup Loaf’ (recipe for which can be found in her Ultmate Cake Book). I mixed together 75g granulated sugar and a splash of orange juice (from a carton), using this mixture to glaze the cake whilst it was still hot. The consensus was that it worked very well… “a nice touch”,I believe was the feedback from Carlos. His overall opinion of this bake was that it was deliciously light and one of his favourite bakes of mine so far… I’ll certainly take that!

This loaf has a lovely texture

Oh, and if you happen to live in or near Reading and are a big tea fan, then I highly recommend visiting The Global Cafe. It’s one of our favourite places to go for a leisurely cuppa, and they have an amazing variety of organic and fair trade teas to try. We are also regular visitors in the evenings, as there are several really chilled-out live music events happening every week (we particularly enjoy the jazz and swing music events). Check out the website for more info: http://www.risc.org.uk/globalcafe/

Happy baking!

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